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Five Turtley Cool Turtle Facts for World Turtle Day

Let’s #shellabrate!

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Tortoise Rescue declared May 23 World Turtle Day in 2000, and their Twitter page @WorldTurtleDay is encouraging people to “#shellabrate” by spreading awareness of the struggles these little cuties face around the world.

Popsci claims that most species of turtles are endangered due to habitat loss, illegal pet trade, and environmental destruction. Tortoise Rescue, a foundation committed to saving turtles and tortoises of all kinds writes that “biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next fifty years.”

Although everyone knows that turtles are slow, they do have some other unique qualities:

Two turtles chill on a log. Courtesy of Pixabay.

These facts show that turtles are resilient animals, and studies show that they can outlive most humans by 100 years when in a he

althy environment. However, poaching, environmental destruction and harmful pet practices are driving turtles’ numbers down. A list of steps on how to help turtles can be found on Tortoise Rescue’s website, but some of these tips include

 

  • Not buying turtles or tortoises from pet stores, because this increases the demand, and causes more turtles to be taken from their natural habitat.
  • Never removing turtles from the wild, unless they’re sick or injured.
  • Write to your legislators and ask to keep sensitive habitats preserved and to stop shore drilling to prevent the deprivation of turtle habitats.

Kayleigh is a senior at the University of Albany studying English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. When not writing articles for CMN or poetry for her own enjoyment, she can be found enjoying time with her family and friends or jamming out to all genres of music.

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